A pair of Sam Houston State football players will get a chance to continue their playing career after signing free agent contract with NFL teams. Cornerback Dax Swanson and receiver Trey Diller each inked contracts this weekend, with Swanson signing with the Indianapolis Colts and Diller going to the Panthers.
“It is such a great honor for both Dax and Trey to continue playing football,” said SHSU head coach Willie Fritz. “Both have been such big parts of our success the past two years and deserve the opportunity they are getting.”
Swanson owns the Sam Houston school record for most career interceptions with 14. The Waco, Texas product also set the Sam Houston single-season record for interceptions in a season with eight in 2011.
Swanson's record-breaking play may have been his most important pick as the play stopped a late Eastern Washington drive with 5:33 remaining in the FCS semifinals. The record-tying interception came on a pass from Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel in the Texas A&M game.
He played in the Texas vs. the Nation All-Star game and was the first Bearkat player to participate in the NFL Combine since Rhett Bomar in 2009.
Diller led the Bearkats in receiving this season with 62 catches for 927 yards and four touchdowns. He also has been effective as a return specialist, ranking third in the Southland in both punt returns and kickoffs. He finished the season as the league's all-purpose yards leader.
The senior from Spring, Texas became the first Sam Houston player to receive All-Southland Conference honors at both wide receiver and return specialist. In Diller's career he had 1,190 receiving yards and seven touchdowns. He caught two touchdowns during the 2012 FCS Playoff run to the national championship game.
This offseason Diller participated in the NFL Players Association All-Star game.